The McCracken County Public Library is migrating from its old integrated library system to a new, more user-friendly one.
Effective Oct. 27, the library will cease using Innovative Interfaces' Sierra library services platform and begin using SirsiDynix's Symphony platform.
Beginning Oct. 24 and ending Oct. 31, library users will need to have their physical library card with them in order to check out materials. For those who have lost their physical card, free replacement cards are available in the library through Oct. 23.
The new system will utilize the latest technology to keep the library's physical and digital collection at users' fingertips. Electronic library materials will be easier for users to access on the new online catalog, known as Enterprise. Users will have the option to enable text notifications for materials on hold for them.
Facebook users will have the ability to search the library's catalog directly from the library's official Facebook page. A new library app will be available for those who wish to download it on their mobile devices.
Symphony has clear advantages for students and parents of students as well. Accelerated Reader and Lexile information will now be searchable within the library catalog, meaning that students will more easily be able to locate library books appropriate for their reading level. These better search results include not only important reading level data, but also book jacket covers to more easily recognize items on the shelf.
Furthermore, the new system will make library materials and resources discoverable in major search engines, such as Google and Bing.
The library's new system will allow staff to register new users outside of the library at community events. Library staff also will have better tools for making more efficient decisions about what materials to purchase. Finally, the Symphony platform promises to save the library money in the long run as it is cheaper than what it would have cost the library to maintain the old system.